Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology

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Rust Belt Chic is churches and work plants hugging the same block. It is ethnic as hell. It is Cleveland punk. It is getting vintage t-shirts and vinyl for a buck that are being sold to Brooklynites for the cost of a Manhattan meal. It is babushka and snakeskin boots. It is wear: old wood and steel and vacany. It is contradiction, conflict, and standing resiliency. But most centrally, Rust Belt Chic is about home, or that perpetual inner fire longing to comfortable in one's own skin and community. This longing is less about regressing to the past than it is finding a future through history.

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Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, edited by Richey Piiparinen and Anne Trubek, provides an inside-out snapshot of the city, containing contributions by established authors such as Connie Schultz and Michael Ruhlman as well as 47 others. Rust Belt Chic tells stories about failure (mills closing), conflict (Pekar's constant grousing), growth (a thriving Iraqi immigrant community) and renewal (moving away only to, finally, return home). Put together, these stories create a new narrative about Cleveland that incorporates but deepens and widens the familiar tropes of manufacturing, stadiums and comebacks.

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Anne Trubek is the author of A Skeptic's Guide To Writers' Houses and has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Believer and numerous other publications. A professor at Oberlin College, she lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Richey Piiparinen is a writer, urban researcher and city strategist from Cleveland. He cares for the Rust Belt condition. 

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